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stories Films Emphatics Film Series

Curated by Emphatics founder Karin Legato

Robert Altman’s Prêt-à-Porter December 7 | 6 pm

John Galliano, British, born 1960 Gibraltar, Britain. Fan and gloves (detail), FW 2007. Printed paper, wood and leather. Museum purchase of Emphatics Archive with funds provided by: Barbara Anderson, Arizona Costume Institute, Milena and Tony Astorga, Jacquie Dorrance, Kelly Ellman, Michael and Heather Greenbaum, Diane and Bruce Halle, Nancy R. Hanley, Ellen Katz, Miriam Sukhman. Photo by Ken Howie.

Lectures The Emphatics Story November 16 | 7 pm Free Dennita Sewell, the Jacquie Dorrance Curator of Fashion Design, will discuss Emphatics. From its beginnings as a fashion-forward hair salon to its development as an internationally recognized avantgarde boutique, she will describe the creative talents they fostered, and how this important archive formed. Object of the Month December 3, 15, 22 | 11:30 am Free for Members | Included in General Admission During the month of December, Phoenix Art Museum Docents will focus on the work of French avant-garde designer Thierry Mugler, a true iconoclast, whose bold, innovative and sensual designs have thrilled the world for decades. Learn more about the designer through an in-depth look at a 1984 evening gown featured in Emphatics. This elegant gown provides a vision of past, present and future.  


Robert Altman applied his familiar technique of overlapping and interwoven story lines to high fashion in this 1994 satire. Prêt-à-Porter (Ready to Wear) follows the lives of designers, models, journalists and celebrities in the hectic days of Paris Fashion Week. Noted for its many Hollywood and fashion industry cameos, the true highlights are the runway sequences, shot on location, using actual fashion shows. Bill Cunningham New York December 14 | 6 pm In 2010 director Richard Press crafted this documentary of Bill Cunningham, photographer and mainstay on the New York fashion scene. In his signature blue jacket, Cunningham was both relentless and cheerful in his chronicling of the fashion world and his pioneering work snapping street style. His decades-long contribution to the New York Times is discussed through interviews with colleagues, friends and subjects. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover January 4 | 6 pm Peter Greenaway’s 1989 dark comedy/drama is the story of Albert Spica, an ill-mannered London gangster who takes control of a French restaurant. When his disgusted wife begins a not-so-secret affair with a restaurant patron, Spica plots revenge. Lauded for its cinematography and formalist film-making techniques, the film features lavish costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier. Please note: This film is rated NC-17 and contains nudity and difficult subject matter. Sponsored by Angela and Leonard Singer.


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November 2016 - February 2017

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